Eamonn Hunter

Eamonn Hunter His Profile Photo November 2017
Subject(s):
Science, History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Local Studies (History), Life, society, work and culture in the past (History), Myself and my Family (History), Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Materials (Science), Energy and forces (Science)
Counties catered for:
Carlow, Cork, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Offaly, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Eamonn developed an interest in understanding historic and traditional buildings when he took part in an Irish dry-stone walling course after he left school.  Following from this he studied heritage conservation at university where he obtained a grounding in the scientific and philosophical aspects of archaeology as well as heritage management, history of and conservation of buildings

Since graduating, Eamonn has worked repairing and conserving historic churches, castles and other traditional stone buildings in Scotland and throughout Ireland. 

Eamonn’s main area of conservation expertise is in the construction, repair and maintenance of stone buildings (which make up the majority of historic building types in Ireland) but he also restores traditional timber windows especially sliding sash windows from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  He provides advice and help to architects and building owners on how to look after their historic structures as well as conducting research on old buildings.

As part of his building consultancy work, Eamonn conducts historic research into specific sites.  This involves studying historic maps, old photographs, public archives and published material to present background information on how and why a particular building was constructed.  Through understanding the building’s origin and development, the proper way to look after it can be determined.  This process incorporates:

  • project research methods,

  • local history – understanding the role of historic market houses, town walls, work-houses, stables and other building types which make up the fabric of the historic environment

  • understanding properties and behaviour of different building materials,

  • looking at the forces acting within structures

    Other aspects of understanding historic building conservation relates to the embedded energy and inherent sustainability of traditional building materials such as stone, timber and lime as compared with concrete, steel and plastics often incorporated in modern buildings.  The naturalisation of many historic structures especially stones bridges, boundary walls and traditional farm buildings where they provide important habitats for species of plants and animals links understanding of cultural or built heritage with natural heritage and geography.

Additional Information

  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

Mobile:
086 239 1477
Email:
eamonnhunter@yahoo.ie

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